Regulatory Program Support

Commercial firms, utilities, and government organizations benefit from GLEC’s extensive experience serving both regulatory agencies and the regulated community. This experience allows GLEC to offer compliance solutions with superior results while minimizing costs and level of effort to manage environmental compliance. GLEC has the experienced staff, equipment, and resources to provide compliance assistance with:

  • NPDES - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System  – GLEC provides Laboratory and fi eld based research to assist clients with meeting their NPDES permit requirements. GLEC scientists have played a key role in assisting U.S. EPA with the development of NDPES methods and criteria, including Toxicity identifi cation and reduction evaluation procedures to assist in the implementation of the EPA’s Water Quality Based approach to control toxics through NPDES permits. GLEC staff have provided compliance assistance for hundreds of NPDES permits.
  • FERC - Federal Energy Regulation Commission  – Our biologists, monitoring systems, and field capabilities combine to assist hydro power operators with FERC Schedule E compliance.
  • NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act  – Our project portfolio includes succesful consultations for government agencies seeking permit compliance with the NEPA Act, from preparing basic Environmental Assessments to more complex Environmental Impact Statements.
  • RCRA - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act  – GLEC has assisted numerous industrial firms with meeting RCRA Corrective Action requirements, in conjunction with ecological risk assessments, and soil and groundwater quality assessments.
  • CWA - Clean Water Act  – When state agencies or industry are faced with CWA standards compliance, GLEC staff can apply their extensive experience developing national water quality criteria and standards while assisting the regulated community meet the same standards.

Program Support

Complex environmental management and research programs require a contractor who is capable of integrating multiple disciplines and managing complex operations. GLEC is uniquely capable of managing large programs and multiple subcontractors, while still providing clients with the responsiveness and flexibility of a smaller business. Along with delivering services through our core research capabilities, GLEC delivers results through related business and research functions including:

  • Oversight of contract laboratory quality control
  • Coordination of sampling program logistics
  • Design and assemblage of sampling kits
  • Database management
  • Technical support call centers
  • Customized training and outreach
  • Workshop and meetings support
  • Literature and peer review

Our proven internal quality control and quality assurance plans, communications protocols, cost controls, and hands-on management approach guarantee that clients receive value and results that always meet or exceed program expectations.


GLEC operates one of only a few U.S. laboratories accredited for whole sediment toxicity testing. GLEC also maintains NELAP accreditation for chlorophyll and nutrient chemistry testing.


GLEC's Columbus, OH laboratory is ADEQ accredited for Acute Toxicity and Chronic Toxicity testing.



Great Lakes Environmental Center

739 Hastings Street
Traverse City, MI   49686

Phone: (231) 941-2230
Fax: (231) 941-2240